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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Buff-rumped woodpecker

In Thai: นกหัวขวานลายตะโพกเหลือง, nok hua khwaan lai taphok leuang

Binomial name: Meiglyptes grammithorax, Thomas Horsfield, 1821

The buff-rumped woodpecker (Meiglyptes tristis) is a species of bird in the family Picidae.

It is found in southern Myanmar, Thailand, Malaya, Java, Sumatra and Borneo.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The buff-rumped woodpecker was described by the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield in 1821 under the binomial name Picus tristis from a specimen collected in Java. The specific epithet tristis is Latin for "sad" or "gloomy". The species is now placed in the genus Meiglyptes that was introduced by the English naturalist William John Swainson in 1837.

Two subspecies are recognised:

  • M. t. grammithorax (Malherbe, 1862) – Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and nearby islands
  • M. t. tristis (Horsfield, 1821) – Java

Some authorities treat the two subspecies as separate species with M. grammithorax as the buff-rumped woodpecker and M. tristis as the white-rumped woodpecker.

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Scientific classification

Meiglyptes grammithorax

Common names

  • Thai: นกหัวขวานลายตะโพกเหลือง, nok hua khwaan lai taphok leuang

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Buff-rumped woodpecker, Meiglyptes grammithorax in Thailand
Range map of Meiglyptes grammithorax in Thailand